Taoiseach Micheál Martin has denied that yesterday’s Budget was an attempt to persuade young voters away from heading to Sinn Féin.
Some of the measures that target young people in the Budget include 19 to 24-year-olds getting half-price public transport, women aged 17-25 getting free contraception, PRSI changes making it easier for younger people to access some benefits, SUSI grant increases, minimum wage increase.
Responding to the claims that the Budget was an attempt to persuade young people away from Sinn Féin, Martin stated, “Are you joking … no is the answer.”
He responded by saying that young people “took a lot of hits” over the last two years from the Leaving Cert being cancelled to college life being disrupted while adding, “Young people have had a tough time”.
Speaking to The Journal, Martin said that the overall theme of today’s Budget is tackling the cost of living.
Although young people have gotten some support in the Budget, there is very little for renters, which was pointed out by Opposition yesterday.
Responding to this point, Martin stated, “Well I don’t agree with you actually, there is tax relief for workers, and young people who are working. The general tax relief measures will help people under €35,000 incomes and above €35,000 incomes.”
He added that a lot of people in their mid-20s will benefit from the tax relief.
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